News Release

For Release: June 3, 2008        
Contact:   Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-08-6

BLM Alturas Field Office Opens Two Free Firewood Cutting Areas

The Bureau of Land Management’s Alturas Field Office has opened two free firewood cutting areas, anticipating that wood cutting will help thin juniper stands and reduce hazardous fuels.
 
The juniper wood cutting areas are at Mitchell Hill, east of Likely on Clark Valley Road;  and the Moon Springs and North Coble areas, about five miles south of Fall River Mills.
 
To use these areas, wood cutters must have valid firewood cutting permits, available at the BLM field office in Alturas and at the Lassen National Forest Hat Creek Ranger District in Fall River Mills.   The BLM will issue one permit per person, per year.  Each permit is good for five cords of firewood for personal use.
 
"We opened up these areas to free use based on a recommendation from our citizen-based Resource Advisory Council," said Tim Burke, manager of the BLM Alturas Field Office.  "At Mitchell Hill there is a lot of wood left on the ground from a juniper thinning operation.  The other sites are more remote and more difficult to access, but we want to encourage woodcutting there to reduce encroaching juniper."
 
BLM’s northeast California field offices allow firewood cutting in specially-designated areas.  Offices occasionally open free use areas in association with forest health or hazardous fuels reduction programs.
 
For more information, contact the Alturas Field Office, (530) 233-4666.

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Alturas Field Office     708 West 12th St.     Alturas, CA  96101